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Healthy Sex Is Good For You

Healthy Sex Is Good For You

Whether you are bonding in a relationship or just enjoying the physical pleasures of sex, healthy sex is good for you. Sex stimulates the production of oxytocin, which is frequently called the love hormone for obvious reasons. This hormone stimulates the bonding that occurs with sexual partners and also improves the sleep. The hormone releases during orgasm, which is one reason partners doze off after sex. It provides relief from pain and more intimacy. There are other health benefits that occur during an orgasm.

Sex helps lower blood pressure.

It may not be just the orgasm, but the activity that promotes this one. Many different studies showed that after having sexual relations, the systolic—the top number—blood pressure lowered. It occurred during intercourse, but not during masturbation, which also involves orgasm, but doesn’t involve the physical activity of sex between two individuals. That means it counts as part of your exercise program, too.

You see a heart beside the word sex and it doesn’t mean love.

While love may play a role in sex, this heart means it’s heart healthy. It raises your heart rate and helps balance the hormones estrogen and testosterone appropriately. An imbalance in these two hormones can create problems ranging from osteoporosis to heart disease. A study compared men who had relations twice a week to those who rarely had it and found those who were more active in the bedroom had half the incidence of heart disease.

Sex is a stress buster.

Stress can create so many health problems if left unchecked. At one time, when life was simpler, the fight or flight response saved lives. Your mind triggered the creation of stress hormones that prepared your body to fight or run if it saw a predator and the hormones were burnt away by the activity. Today, stressful situations often don’t warrant running or fighting or offices across the nation would be empty or in disarray. The hormones remain creating changes that cause illness. Exercise and stress burns them off and gets you back to normal.

  • Sex can help women with bladder control by strengthening the pelvic floor.
  • Having sex may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. One study showed that men who ejaculated at least 21 times per month had a far lower risk for prostate cancer. Ejaculation, whether with a partner, without or during night emissions was only necessary.
  • Sex gives your immune system a boost. It stimulates the creation of antibodies that fight germs, viruses and other disease causing microbes.
  • Even though sex is healthy, it’s important to remember not all sex is healthy if you or your partner has an STD. Condoms are important if you’re unsure of your partner’s STD status or yours.

Exercise Doesn't Mean You Have to Be Miserable

Exercise Doesn’t Mean You Have to Be Miserable

If you’ve ever participated in a sport, gone hiking or spent the day at the pool swimming, you know exercise doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. It means getting your body moving and active. You can do that at the gym and insure all body parts get a good workout, but you also can do it with an activity that you really love. One of the biggest benefits of a program of regular exercising is that it prepares your body for an active lifestyle. It helps get you into shape so you can enjoy life to the fullest.

Boot camps and group workouts are fun!

Sure, working out, particularly when you’re doing a program created by a personal trainer that’s meant to challenge you, is hard. You sometimes have to push yourself to make that stop where you’re working out. However, if you’re in a group program, the comradery is amazing and that give immediate reward and makes it fun. If you’re just starting a program of regular exercise, get a workout buddy or go to a boot camp or group session created by a personal trainer. You’ll find it’s more fun when you share the experience.

Keep your eye on the prize.

Just like any goal, getting there can be half the fun if you track your progress. That’s extremely important when it comes to fitness goals. If you’re extremely out of shape, seeing small improvements and reaching mini goals can boost your morale to help you stick with the program so you can achieve the bigger goals. For instance, even if your goal is weight loss, if you note how much your strength and endurance has improved, it can be a small victory that keeps you going to shed those extra pounds.

Alternate days at the gym with active play.

Do you love tennis or enjoy dancing? Spend one day at the gym focusing on the basics and take a dance class the next day. Have an early morning brisk walk with your soul mate on the day you’re not going to the gym. Talk to your personal trainer about the activities you’re doing on your day off so he or she can coordinate your workout to help you achieve maximum results. Remember, you still need to let your body rest, so letting the trainer know your outside activities will help create a better program. Signs of overtraining include getting sick easily, chronic exhaustion, depression, a feeling of heaviness, irritability, excessive soreness for long periods of time and insomnia.

  • Try something new, such as kettlebells or even jumping on a Pogo stick.
  • Cheer yourself on to victory. Get a victory phrase to mental or verbally repeat while you workout. It takes your focus away from the workout and brings it to the victory you want to achieve.
  • Go to the park and be a kid again. Swing on the swings, Hula Hoop, workout on the jungle gym or push the merry-go-round. It can be fun to relive the adventures of your youth.
  • Add extra movements to workout as you clean or do other tasks. Squats while brushing your teeth, rapid power cleaning and dancing through dusting can get you moving and help you get tasks completed faster.

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